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How can we protect ourselves against the threats of germs and toxins? Cold War America gears up to fend off threats from unconventional bioweapons.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Ray (Reid H.) Film Industries
Sponsor: U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Cold War; Biological warfare
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: No Laughing Matter
The striking thing about this film is the fact the subject matter was addressed over fifty years ago. Now, instead of a justifiable fear of Communist attacks, we have a justifiable fear of Islamist attacks. Swap out some names, update some info and re-release it.
And while it's foolish to believe everything the government tells you, it's equally foolish to believe the ranting blogger or reporter. As the film said, "Above all, don't listen to scare talk, rumors or myths."
Which means, turn the TV off.
Subject: In 7 minutes!
Well, SPEEDY film that tells you all you need to know what you should do in case biological warfare should ever strike. While I was watching this I was briefly thinking about the anthrax scare a little while back, but that thought quickly dissapaited while watching this silly film. Full of weird orders of what you should do, ("Boil everything! "Scrub your floors down!") and the very strange "If a loved one is taken away, cooperate!"). this also has quite a lot of repetitious images, eg, the mother who KEEPS HAVING VISITORS TO HER DOOR, and the poor girl who keeps getting a thermometer thrust into her mouth LOL Reccomended!
How do you keep safe from anthrax? Wash your clothes and pour boiling water over your dishes. Obey your government and medical officials. Do not panic. It would be laughable if this policy had changed at all since then. It reminds me of how the government told people that the dust from the WTC at ground zero wasn't toxic, and some people actually believed them. God Bless America!
Chuck B -
Subject: Bio Warfare Film Info Still Applicable
While the film is old, and a little corney for today's audience...much of the info in it is still applicable today if, God forbid, there should be a terrorist bio attack. It seems that some of the reviewers think that it will be the end of the world and there is nothing you can do with a BW attack..there are things that can be done and it will not be the end of the world. Any medical personnel can tell you that personal cleanliness is the basic thing one needs to do to slow germ spread...the next is isolation (if it is an infectous disease)...and preventative as well as systematic innoculation (if available for that BW agent). Even today public health efforts would look at disease outbreaks, patterns of disease cases, and try various antibiotics to control the spread (if it was an infectious disease). It would be important, if you had possible sxposure to an infectoius agent such as smallpox for instance...to not leave an area...but stay there and get innoculated. If you left an area you would further spread the disease. So, ye nay sayers maybe need to do a little reading on the topic and not be so glum.
Entertainment value if you like old movies ****
Value of useful info ***
This film is pretty classic Civil Defense Department stuff. The CD folks had the unhappy job of trying to keep Joe Q. Public from mass panic. They often did this by treating the citizenry like a dying cancer patient...just keep them comfortable until the end finally comes. There is some classic "cloak and dagger" type stuff showing the bad guys tainting the water supply etc.
We are told that modern science and doctors would save us all from B.W. (toxins, germs, and plant growth regulators).
I wonder if anyone in the Department of Homeland Defense has dusted this film off recently?
Subject: an ounce of prevention...
"What can you do to help prevent biological attacks?" this film asks.
The answer: keep clean!
[A woman on her knees washing the floor with a rag]
[a man in the shower]
This will prevent biological attacks ?
Christine Hennig -
Subject: What You Should Know About Biological Warfare
"Biological warfare?? What do they 'spect me to do about it? It's not my headache!" quips a curmudgeon at the beginning of this short, very mstable cold war era film. The film purports to give us the scoop on "B.W.", but it all just boils down to the message "Cooperate with the authorities," i.e. do as your told. Lots of fun moments. Another item for the Film Ephemera Museum of Quirky Devices: the "IDENTIFIED" rubber stamp.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.